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Master of Music


The EWU Music Department offers an exciting and rigorous Master’s program with concentrations in Performance, Music Education, Composition, and Jazz Pedagogy. There is also a General Master’s degree in music that allows students interested in other areas to create a curriculum that suits their needs. Members of the Music Department faculty are leaders in their fields.

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    The exciting and rigorous Master of Music program at EWU is now offered with emphases in Performance, Music Education, Composition, Jazz Studies or Liberal Arts (customized). We welcome a diverse, local and international student population in the Music Department. The emphasis in Music Education is available with on-line and summer options and auditions are not required for this concentration. On-site students are invited to apply for a resident or non-resident Graduate Student Assistantship (GSA, NRGSA) that covers full tuition. If awarded, responsibilities will be assigned in relevant conducting, teaching or administrative roles. These usually awarded with stipends and/or scholarships of varying amounts.  Please contact Dr. Jane Ellsworth, Director of Graduate Studies in the Music Department at for information on completing applications with the EWU Office of Graduate Studies, scholarship applications, GSA and NRGSA applications and auditions.  Members of the Music Department faculty are leaders in their fields; for individual information about individual faculty members, follow this link to our faculty web page.

    Areas of Concentration: Music Education (with summer and on-line options), Performance (Instrumental/Vocal/Piano/Conducting), Composition, Jazz Studies, and  Liberal Arts (customized).

    Entrance Requirements:

    Students intending to pursue the Master of Music degree should hold an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. The GRE is no longer required. Applicants should submit a writing sample of no less than three pages. Ideally, this will be an undergraduate term paper or other essay that contains references to secondary sources that are cited in an accepted scholarly style. If no writing sample of this type is available, another type of sample is acceptable; examples might include program notes, a statement of teaching philosophy for music education applicants, a statement of creative process for composition applicants or any other demonstration of the applicant's writing ability. Students will also take a personal audition or submit an un-edited tape of their performance. Students who are interested in teaching careers, performance careers and business careers in music can design a program to suit their needs. The degree is also designed to prepare the student for further graduate study.




    What will I study?

    Music Education (with summer and on-line options)

    Performance (Instrumental/Vocal)



    Customized Option

    Contact Information

    EWU Music Department
    119 Music Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2241
    fax: 509.359.7028

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